Humber’s security guards grapple with traffic, freezing temperatures

by | Feb 4, 2019 | News

Sean Marco, News Reporter

The temperate started at zero and then it dipped to around the – 20 C mark last week. Now, it’s hovering at around 10 C, with the possibility of showers.

It has been an unpredictable winter in the Greater Toronto Area.

GardaWorld Security vehicle parked in the Humber College North parking lot. (Sean Marco)

Whatever the weather, a common sight across Humber’s campus are its security guards.

The traffic control security guards are out there during the harshest conditions.

Rain or shine, hot or cold, there will be at least one person in the parking lots and lanes of Humber College North controlling traffic.

“The extreme cold is really hard,” said Jagnoor Grewal, a GardaWorld security guard at Humber College. “Sometimes they’ll bring us inside if it is really cold but if not, we have to suck it up.”

Along with the weather, Grewal said guards have to deal with people fighting for parking spots, lining up at the gate and causing more traffic headaches.

“I can’t really do anything because they already blocked off the roads so people just have to wait,” he said.

Humber security guard Marcus Morgan at North campus smiling despite the cold. (Sean Marco)

Security guard Marcus Morgan said the most stressful part of the job is controlling the drop off area.

“Some people wait where they’re not supposed to so it creates more traffic and that causes other things in the lanes,” he said.

GardaWorld Security is contracted to provide security at Humber College. 

Although safety protocols are taken, security will still be out in the parking lots controlling traffic at Humber College. And for guards like Grewal and Morgan, part of the battle is to bundle up and stay warm.